At its most basic level, video conferencing in education connects remote students to teachers. On a more exciting level, it also leads students on virtual tours, brings far-away experts on camera for interviews and allows kids to try out their fledgling foreign language skills on their peers from other countries. While such activities might have been difficult in the past due to travel costs, time constraints and inconvenience, classroom video conferencing can offer a work-around solution. Video conferencing lessons for schools can also ignite an interest and enthusiasm for learning that traditional teaching methods sometimes can't.
For instance, how often did your 4th grade science class interact with astronauts at NASA? Yet students from Colfax were able to take a close-up tour of a NASA facility with their school's video conferencing equipment. As part of their science and engineering project about self-sufficient living spaces, the students toured a space station training facility where they got a close look at all the equipment and were able to ask their guides questions [source: AT&T]. Such a field trip would have been impossible without video conferencing because of the distance and time involved.
On April 2nd 2012 Students embarked on a journey to the NASA space center in Houston TX discussing SOLAR ENERGY. Students asked wonderful questions and interacted in a conference with Mr. Michael Hare. Mr. Hare commented,
" The students questions were absolutely amazing! They were very thought provoking and insightful. I loved
how they were thinking ahead especially about future resources and capabilities
for America's human spaceflight programs. I also loved all of the
"what if" scenarios that we discussed. "
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